Early Voting in Australian Federal Elections: Causes and Consequences

13 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 16 Apr 2015

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Angelo Rojas Lopez

Australian Electoral Commission

Damon A Muller

Australian Electoral Commission

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The research examined who is likely to vote early and why they do so. Correlation analysis at the Commonwealth electoral division level shows that age, income and education are associated with the type of early vote (pre-poll or postal votes) voters are more likely to cast. The analysis suggests that the largest numbers of early votes, in the form of pre-poll votes, are cast by middle age and older Australians with average incomes and lower levels of education. “Convenience” is the main reason given by Australians to vote early but this is not among the allowed reasons listed by the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918.

Keywords: Elections, voting, early voting, pre-poll voting, postal voting, convenience, demographics

Suggested Citation

Rojas Lopez, Angelo and Muller, Damon A, Early Voting in Australian Federal Elections: Causes and Consequences (2014). The Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney Paper​. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2440075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2440075

Angelo Rojas Lopez (Contact Author)

Australian Electoral Commission ( email )

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Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.aec.gov.au

Damon A Muller

Australian Electoral Commission ( email )

PO Box 6172
West Block Offices Queen Victoria Terrace Parkes
Kingston, ACT 2604
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.aec.gov.au

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